The Earth Stopper.The business of an Earth Stopper, the Night previous to a Days Sport, is to stop up the Fox's Earth whilst he is out Feeding ____ The above gentle Swain is supposed to be on his way Home, when by a sudden turn of the Lane, he is brought plump upon what he conceives to be nothing more or less then the Devil, but which in fact is a simple Sweep & his Dickey. Vide Beckford on Fox Hunting.
Hand coloured aqautint. Very scarce. Fine impression. Sheet size: 265 x 355mm (10¼ x 14"). Trimmed inside plate.
A scene on a narrow lane, lit by a crescent moon; a terrified countryman throws up his arms as he is confronted by a silhouette which he is convinced is the Devil but is in fact a chimney sweep standing with folded arms in front of his donkey. For a copy in reverse see BM Satires ref: 14086.
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